John Martin Coffey (1951 - 2012)

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John Martin Coffey was born March 7, 1951 in Concord, Massachusetts to John and Wilma Coffey. As a young man, he left the east coast for western Canada where he met his soon- to-be wife, Mary Munnell. They worked a variety of jobs in British Columbia while building a lodge in the wilderness of the Taku River in Canada. From open meadows in the midst of beautiful mountainous country to a log house, guest cabins, gardens and greenhouse. Just a wonderful place to have lived and called home.

Marty challenged life with such exuberance and passion that very few could match his pace for long. On one hand a wild, mountain of a man; on the other, an accomplished and gifted cook, teacher, welder, logger, mechanic, skier, river guide, commercial fisherman, dog lover, and true friend.

In December 2011 he passed away at his home on the Taku River, the place on earth he loved the most.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; sister Marcia and her husband Dr. Michael Robbins of Holden, Maine; niece, Stephanie, her husband James, great niece Sydney, and great nephew Stephen Wamsley, of Key West, Florida; and friends beyond count.

A party in celebration of Marty's life will begin at 2:00, January 29th, at the Juneau Yacht Club, with a short memorial service at 3:00. Potluck dinner to follow. Please bring a dish, pictures, and stories to share.

For information contact:
Sherman & Linda at 907-780-6538 or Peggy & Dave at 907-463-3586

Cards of condolence can be sent to Mary Coffey at 17200 County Road 362, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18, 2012
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